A 12-year-old girl was slapped 168 times over a period of six days by her classmates at a residential school on the instructions of their teacher, the child’s father complained to school authorities and police.
However, the school principal K Sagar termed it a “friendly” punishment.
“They were not strong slaps but mild and friendly ones. We will also talk to the parents,” Mr Sagar said.
The incident took place at the Navodaya Vidyalaya in Thandla town in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua district and the girl’s father, Shivpratap Singh, told police that she was slapped 168 times between January 11 -16 for not completing her homework.
The girl is a student of Class VI at the school. He told police that the school’s science teacher, Manoj Kumar Verma, on January 11, told the his daughter’s classmates to slap her as a form of punishment and 14 girls slapped her two times every day for six days.
Mr Singh also stated in his complaint, filed a couple of days ago, that his child was unwell and therefore was unable to complete her homework. He alleged that the school was aware of his child’s illness.
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